Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)

Program

Chemistry

Date of Award

12-2010

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Chu-Ngi Ho

Committee Members

Jeffrey G. Wardeska, Peng Sun

Abstract

Quantum dots are semiconductive particles whose properties are highly influenced by the presence of at least one electron. Cadmium selenide quantum dots were synthesized via colloidal synthesis. Contrary to previous preparations, more focus was placed on the temperature rather than the duration of time at which they form. A series of colored solutions were obtained because the excited quantum dots of various sizes emitted specific wavelengths of light. The emission spectra showed that the temperature-dependent quantum dots were successfully synthesized. The quantum dots were also immobilized on various surfaces, and the luminescence properties were examined. The quantum dots that were immobilized in sol-gels through chemiluminescence (CL) analyses were found to be stable and were able to maintain their luminescence properties with extensive uses and long-term storage. Linear calibration curves were obtained for concentrations of hydrogen peroxide from 1.75 x 10-4 M to 1.75 x 10-2 M in TCPO-CL.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

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